Our People

people1David Harris

Managing Director/Senior Supervisor/Founder of ABR David has been a bush regenerator since 1992, holds an Advanced Certificate in Urban Horticulture, a Double Certificate in Bush Regeneration and is currently completing a BSc in Environmental Science. He also holds a Chemcert, First Aid Certificate and an OH&S Green Card.


people5Murray Smith

Human Recources Manager Murray came to bush regeneration after a successful career in IT. With experience in bush regeneration dating back to 1996 , Murray holds a Bush Regeneration Certificate Level 2, an OH&S Greencard and a current First Aid Certificate. In addition to running the staff hire, Murray also fields staff queries, conducts all the programming and keeps track of the ABR budget. Murray has distinguished himself as a Bev Blacklock Awardee (1996) and winner of the Alan Marshall Medal 2004/5.


Sally Bio PicSally Debnam

Administration Manager Sally is the Administration Manager at ABR and has been with ABR since 1997. Sally’s role encompasses compiling monthly and annual reports, supervising sites, using her specialist skills to write tenders and quotes, performing general office tasks and fielding staff questions and queries . Sally has completed the Conservation Land Management Course at Ryde TAFE in 2007. She has also completed BSc (Biodiversity and Conservation) .



Michael Houston BSc

Senior Supervisor Michael has been in bush regeneration since 1995, holds a BSc in Conservation Technology and a Double Certificate in Bush Regeneration. He is currently supervising many reserves in Northern Sydney including an award winning community bush restoration project and another long-term bush regeneration project which received a Warringah Garden Award in 2003 and was the recipient in 2004 of an Outstanding Community Service Award He also holds a Chemcert, current First Aid Certificate and an OH&S Green Card and Bushcare Supervisor Certificate.

SAMSUNGJohn Crockett

Senior Supervisor Johnno has a degree with honours in resource and environmental management from ANU and a Master of Environmental Management from Macquarie University. TAFE qualifications in Bushland Regeneration were undertaken in the 1990’s and John has experience in ecological management and restoration dating back to this time. John has a good understanding of evolutionary ecology and is deeply passionate about ecological restoration. Johnno has worked for ABR since 2008 and now has 6 years supervisory experience, since 2010 he has become increasingly involved at the managerial level.

Susan Bogle

Arno Brandt

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Yann Buissiere